Sure, we already have the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and even the Charity Shield but there’s something about All-Premier-League games in the Champions League that really get the juices flowing.
While Premier League clubs haven’t made the impact they would expect in Europe for the last few years but that still doesn’t stop us looking back at some of the best nights. With that in mind we thought we might take a walk down memory lane and revisit some of the best ever All-Premier-League Champions League games!
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea 2004
Cast your mind back to time when Arsenal were really good. Going in to this game they had the advantage having scored away at Stamford Bridge in the first leg and in the league they were on their way to the Premier League title having not lost a game all season.
Chelsea meanwhile were beginning to see the fruits of Roman Abramovich’s investments. Arsenal took the lead through Jose Antonio Reyes, (remember him?), but then Frank Lampard did what Frank Lampard did throughout his career and popped up in the box at exactly the right time to equalise before Wayne Bridge won it at the death.
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea 2005
Funny enough, Liverpool and Chelsea actually feature heavily in this list and this game at Anfield was an absolute doozie! Liverpool fans will often talk about the atmosphere at their ground on “Big European Nights” and never was that more true than in this game when the home crowd, hassled and harangued Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team while also driving their side on.
Luis Garcia scored the goal that would go on to be known as the “ghost goal” that settled the game and helped Liverpool to a first final in twenty years and the rest as they say, is history…
Manchester Utd 1-1 Chelsea 2008
Another tough one for Chelsea to take here as United won the Champions league final having being brought the distance. Ronaldo gave the Reds the lead before Frank Lampard equalised and when John Terry placed the ball down to score what would have been the winning penalty it looked as though they would finally get their hands on the iconic trophy.
A slip. some tears and another missed penalty from Anelka later and Sir Alex Ferguson had his second Champions League title.
Arsenal 1-3 Manchester United 2009
Manchester United went in to this Champions league semi-final looking to make their way to a second final in a row having won the competition the year before. Arsenal meanwhile were hunting a first European title having lost in the final in 2006.
The problem for Arsenal was that this was a Manchester United that featured Cristiano Ronaldo just as he was establishing himself as one of the best in the world. Two goals from the Portuguese superstar, including one long range free-kick, saw United ease past their league rivals.
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool 2009
The scoreline says it all. A classic encounter. Just sit back and enjoy….